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    St. Louis Rams plan to stay conservative for Game 2

    ST. LOUIS -- Coach Jeff Fisher might add a few more plays to the game plan for the St. Louis Rams' second preseason game. Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said it's not about the calls but how they'll be executed in the Governor's Cup game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

    "We could go out there and play our base defense every snap and it should look a lot better," Laurinaitis said Thursday night. "In the NFL, you're not going to outscheme anybody.

    "It doesn't matter what the call is, you've got to play it, and I think we'll be a lot more confident in Week 2."

    Laurinaitis got caught on a blitz on Andrew Luck's first pro pass, a simple dumpoff to Donald Brown that broke loose for a 63-yard touchdown on the Colts' opening snap. Laurinaitis pointed out the Colts went three-and-out on their second series.

    "The preseason doesn't count, but it matters," Laurinaitis said. "We have to do a better job this week, and we know what. There's a greater sense of urgency.

    "On the other hand, it's not Armageddon."

    The Rams were dominated on both sides of the ball in a 38-3 rout at Indianapolis last week in a matchup of two-win teams that tied for the NFL's worst record in 2011.

    Running back Steven Jackson noted the Rams were unbeaten in the preseason last year and it did not serve as a launching pad for the regular season. He wants to see improvements all over even if the offense is vanilla.

    "We didn't game-plan the Indianapolis Colts," Jackson said. "They came out playing good. They made some great plays. But as far as what we need to learn on film, we got, and I think we're going to improve this week."

    Fisher said most players probably will go a little deeper into the game, perhaps a series or so. After the Colts game he said he might have handcuffed players by keeping the game plan basic, but he said Thursday that the approach would remain pretty conservative no matter what the other side does.

    "That's their prerogative," Fisher said. "But we have a plan and we're going to follow the plan."

    Jackson said playing time had not been discussed.

    "I expect to be out there more," he said. "I'm pretty sure coach will keep us out there a little longer to make sure we get into the groove of things and hopefully get in the red zone."

    Bradford said the No. 1 goal was simple: score some points. The first unit moved the ball well during his two series last week, but it was knocked back by a delay-of-game call during the first possession, which stalled at the Colts 37. A false start and fumble by rookie Isaiah Pead ended the second possession.

    "This week it would be nice to put a couple drives together and put points on the board," Bradford said.

    Practice was moved indoors during thunderstorms that developed just as the team was due to hit the field. The workout was about 15 minutes longer than usual, but the coach said it wasn't because the team had trouble keeping 90 players involved at all times.
    "We intentionally stayed about this long," Fisher said. "We had some things that we needed to get done just on the short week. So we just scratched the surface on Kansas City a little bit today, but most of it was against ourselves. It went well."


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    Re: St. Louis Rams plan to stay conservative for Game 2

    "We could go out there and play our base defense every snap and it should look a lot better," Laurinaitis said Thursday night. "In the NFL, you're not going to outscheme anybody.
    "The preseason doesn't count, but it matters," Laurinaitis said. "We have to do a better job this week, and we know what. There's a greater sense of urgency.
    Just a couple of quotes from a players perspective that I found to be very interesting.




    Jackson said playing time had not been discussed.

    "I expect to be out there more," he said. "I'm pretty sure coach will keep us out there a little longer to make sure we get into the groove of things and hopefully get in the red zone."
    As much as anyone, I certainly don't want to see any of our players get hurt. Having said that, as I recall Jackson didn't get any playing time last preseason. Then he promptly went out and got injured in the 1st game of the regular season against philly. Correlation? One way or another I think he should get some reps in preseason.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams plan to stay conservative for Game 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferter View Post
    Just a couple of quotes from a players perspective that I found to be very interesting.




    As much as anyone, I certainly don't want to see any of our players get hurt. Having said that, as I recall Jackson didn't get any playing time last preseason. Then he promptly went out and got injured in the 1st game of the regular season against philly. Correlation? One way or another I think he should get some reps in preseason.
    Last year SJAX had 24 carries in the pre-season. I'd like to see the starters out there for a good 20-25 plays.


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    Re: St. Louis Rams plan to stay conservative for Game 2

    Quote Originally Posted by sosa39rams View Post
    Last year SJAX had 24 carries in the pre-season.
    Well, you were closer than I was....lol

    It was only the 1st week of preseason that he had no carries and this time I checked the stats.

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    Re: St. Louis Rams plan to stay conservative for Game 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferter View Post
    Just a couple of quotes from a players perspective that I found to be very interesting.

    As much as anyone, I certainly don't want to see any of our players get hurt. Having said that, as I recall Jackson didn't get any playing time last preseason. Then he promptly went out and got injured in the 1st game of the regular season against philly. Correlation? One way or another I think he should get some reps in preseason.
    Not to be a dead horse... but every practice during the week matters. Players showing they are learning the basic scheme and playing well as individuals and as a team matters during the week and in the game. One would hope to go to a Rams practice during the week and not see the ball hit the ground. But if it does during that practice you try and correct the issues the next day... if it keeps happen you start looking to replace players. That's why the roster is being shuffled at RT, what Smith does in practice and in these preseason games matter.

    Having 90 players and having half the practice time during camp due to the new CBA. Evaluating players has to happen more in preseason games then it used too. That being said a lot of these guys playing will be long gone before we play a real game. It would be nice to see the rookies all 30 of them play error free during the game, but that's not realistic. Some are not going to be good enough to play in the NFL period and we won't know that until we see they miss tackles, assignments ect... during the game.


    Fisher on the rule change and the impact.

    Things are drastically different now. As camps open league-wide this week, most modern players do not know how good they have it compared to their predecessors. Start with the fact that 19 of 32 teams hold training camp at their own practice facility, instead of some small college away from the bright lights of the city. If camp is at the team facility, most teams allow their vets to sleep at home instead of the old-school approach of pairing two players in a small dorm room. At two-to-three weeks, camps are also much shorter than they used to be. The number of preseason games has been reduced from six to four, which is still two too many for many.

    The biggest benefit for the players under the new CBA is that teams are only allowed to practice once a day in pads or shells, with an additional walkthrough sans pads. Most of the time, players practice in shorts. When the heat index rises, it's common for teams to practice at night to get out of the hot sun. Today, water and shade are more readily available, and most teams practice in light-colored jerseys.

    Jeff Fisher played for the Bears from 1981 to '85. He knows firsthand the transformation of the NFL training camp.

    "The changes in training camp are dramatic," Fisher said. "With the Bears, we had two-a-day practices in full pads every day plus tons of meetings. Camp was hard work and we practiced mornings and then mid-afternoon in the heat.

    "I spent hours and hours planning training camp this year and I count 24 practices we will have over six weeks prior to the first regular season game. Only 12 of those will be in pads and the CBA dictates we can't practice in pads the first several days of camp. Two years ago under the old system, we had 24 practices in three weeks, so it's been cut in half, which makes it really challenging to get your team ready for the regular season."

    Fisher and other coaches are concerned that, because of the significantly reduced practice time, it will be difficult to find enough reps to go around for the 90 players in camp before cutdowns begin. "It's going to be tough to develop young players when you need to give the majority of the limited reps to your starters and backups to prepare them for the season ahead," Fisher said.

    This emphasis on less hitting and contact in training camps now carries over to the regular season, where teams can have only 14 padded practices over the entire regular season (and 11 of those must be in the first 11 weeks).
    Having said all that looking for us to have a better performance from the starters tonight.
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